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Registration of deaths

Walsall Register Office are responsible for the registration of deaths which take place in Walsall. You can make an appointment to register a death online, or telephone us on 0300 555 2847.

A death must be registered within five days from when it occurred. In exceptional circumstances and if the coroner is involved this period of time can be extended. You can only register a death once you have the Medical Cause of Death Certificate from the doctor, or confirmation from the coroners that the relevant paperwork has been issued to us.
For information on deaths that happen abroad please visit the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) website.

Tell Us Once

Losing a loved one is hard enough without the stress of paperwork and telephone calls to make. Tell Us Once aims to ease this burden by allowing you to tell multiple government agencies about a death, at the same time.  Through the Tell Us Once Service you will be able to notify key departments such as Housing, Council Tax, Blue Badge and Electoral Services.
When you make your appointment, you will be given a reference number which will enable you to use the Tell Us Once service
You can find more information on our  Tell Us Once Page .

Who can register a death?

The death can be registered by:

A relative
Someone present at the death
A senior official of the nursing ,residential home, or hospital where the death took place
The person making the arrangements for the funeral
Most deaths are registered by a relative of the deceased. For further advice contact the Register Office.
You will need to know:
Full name of the deceased
Date of death
Place of death
Date and place of birth (a birth certificate or passport would be helpful)
Last full-time occupation
Name of any surviving spouse or civil partner

What documents will you receive?

Once the death has been registered, the Registrar will issue:
a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (‘green form’) giving permission for the body to be buried or for an application for cremation to be made. This will enable you to make the funeral arrangements
a certificate of Registration of Death (Form BD8) issued for the Benefits Agency
death certificates, if required. These may be needed by the Executor or Administrator
The Coroner will issue the necessary forms if the deceased is to be buried or cremated outside of England or Wales
Please visit our fees and charges page for the price of a death certificate. Payment can be made by either cash or card.